Coding Isn’t Just For Coders Anymore: A blog around the accessible nature of coding for non-coders.
When you think of coding, you think of developers. You think of engineers or programmers. You think of people who are obsessed with computers and technology and seem to speak a different language.
This group of people is called “coders”, but it’s a pretty small group – in terms of the population as a whole. There are about 18 million software developers in the world, which is about 0.25% of the world’s population (source). But we don’t need to be coders to start coding.
As it turns out, we can create code without being coders too. In fact, there are many ways that coding can help us do our jobs better – even if those jobs have nothing to do with technology!
In a recent article in the New York Times, it was reported that coding isn’t just for coders anymore. It is a skill that is becoming increasingly more important for non-coders to have as well as it impacts their job and role. This article is spot on with regards to this notion as coding is quickly taking its place alongside reading, writing and arithmetic in terms of fundamental skills to have.
As we live in a world where people are quick to make a decision on whether or not they like something based on a website, the code behind it becomes increasingly important. But what are the reasons behind this? What makes coding so special and important?
For starters, understanding how to code can help you better understand how the internet works. If you have ever been curious about how webpages are made or why you can only purchase certain items online at certain times, understanding the basics of how coding works can give you an edge in knowing why things happen the way they do online.
Coding can also help you become a better problem solver as well. As with anything else, bugs and errors will happen within code and fixing them and finding solutions to fix them can help increase your problem solving skills which can come in handy in many
Most of us probably think coding is something you learn in computer science classes at school. And then you go on to become a coder, or a programmer, or something like that.
But coding isn’t just for coders anymore. Coding is becoming an increasingly useful tool for non-coders in a wide variety of fields; it has applications in business, law and politics, humanities, and even the arts. The more people who can code (or at least understand how coding works), the better off society will be. The days of coding being only for coders are quickly coming to an end.
The argument for why everyone should learn to code comes from several different directions. Some people say it’s because coding teaches problem solving skills and logic, which can be applied to other areas of life. Others say it’s because understanding how technology works helps make people more informed about their world. Yet others still say it makes sense to teach kids to code because we live in a world that runs on computers, and learning to code means having the ability to create and modify software instead of just using it passively.
Some say that coding is the new literacy. Others claim that coding is the future of learning. But what exactly does this mean?
The truth is that coding plays a major role in our everyday lives, as technology becomes an increasingly integral component of our society. And it’s not just for coders anymore—it’s for anyone and everyone who wants to be able to create and contribute to modern culture.
At its core, coding is a form of expression. It’s the language we use to tell machines what to do, which makes it similar to spoken languages. The difference is that while most people can understand and speak a language, few can code. This means that if you can code, you have a powerful tool at your fingertips that allows you to create things that other people may not even know are possible. This power is accessible, as well; all you need is a computer and some basic knowledge of how coding works in order to get started.
But what exactly can you do with coding? Well… anything! Coding lets you create websites, apps, video games, robots—the list goes on and on. If there’s something out there that needs doing, chances are good it involves coding in some way or another
Our digital landscape is broken. The systems in place are complex and require a lot of work to understand.
This isn’t an indictment of programmers, rather the nature of a growing field. As our technology grows more complex, it’s created a divide between those who can create the tech and those who are trying to use it. And if you’re not building the next Facebook or Uber, but instead just want to create a website for your business or your mom’s restaurant, it’s almost impossible to do so without spending thousands of dollars hiring some developers.
The good news is coding isn’t just for coders anymore. The trends around code literacy have been building for a few years now, with new platforms and software making it easier than ever for anyone to get their hands dirty with code. From visual programming languages like Scratch (a favorite among elementary school kids) to apps that let you easily build websites on your phone, we’re living at a time when it’s easier than ever before to build things using code.
And while Facebook and Uber are certainly wonderful products, they only represent a small part of our digital lives. Grandma doesn’t need an app; she needs a website with some pictures of her grandchildren on it. The restaurant down the street doesn’t need
It wasn’t until late in my career that I became involved with coding. I went through a very traditional career path, working my way up in the ranks of Human Resources at various companies. Eventually I was working as a Sr. HR Manager at a large Washington D.C. law firm and then as an HR Consultant for a large HR consulting firm on the west coast.
Coding was never on my radar and could have easily remained that way if it hadn’t been for a chance encounter with a former colleague who had switched careers and become a developer after taking the Code Fellows 101 course in Seattle.
I was intrigued and started looking into courses I could take in order to learn more about coding, which is when I discovered Code Fellows and their “Code 401: Advanced Software Development in iOS” course with Todd Perkins.
Though I had no intention of becoming a full time coder, this course seemed like it would be a great way to learn more about coding, which is something that is becoming more and more important to me as we continue to develop our online directory platform at The A List Guide. The fact that the course was taught by Perkins (a renowned Apple developer and author) sealed the deal for me and so I
One day in the fall of 2009, a software engineer named Max Krohn was at work when he felt something strange. He had a sudden feeling that he was going to have a heart attack.
Krohn’s first thought was that this was, statistically speaking, impossible. He was just 29 years old. He had no family history of heart disease. He’d been exercising regularly, cycling about 150 miles a week. “I didn’t feel like I had any risk factors,” he says.
Krohn’s second thought was that this couldn’t be happening to him now, because he didn’t have time for it. At the time, Krohn was working on a startup called OK Cupid, and he and his co-founder Sam Yagan were trying to make the site more responsive with each new release. A few weeks earlier they’d pushed out a version of the site that let users rate one another’s photos on a 1-to-5 star scale; now they were working on an update that would allow users to see how others rated them. If Krohn dropped dead from cardiac arrest right now, it would be terrible—for him. But it would also set back the company’s development schedule by weeks. “This can’t happen,” he told